Warm winter makes for early wine harvest in Texas Hill Country

Houston Chronicle - FREDERICKSBURG - As the rising sun cleared the mist over the Kuhlken Vineyards, Larry Kuhlken, patriarch of one of the Texas Hill Country's more than 50 wineries, donned his trademark work belt and set out to start picking the season's first blocks of deep-blue tempranillo grapes.

Joanna Wilczoch, the vineyard manager, came from a nonprofit in Austin, as did Marissa Contreras, the marketing manager. Katy Buchanan, the event coordinator, was a health care administrator who started pouring wine at Pedernales on Saturdays and found that she looked forward to that more than her high-dollar job. Both Wilczoch and Demi Matar, David's assistant winemaker, have been able to take coursework through Texas Tech University's viticulture certificate program's campus in Fredericksburg.

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